Page images
PDF
EPUB

ber till the close of a protected life. The afliction which terminated in her dissolution was borne with exemplary submission and cheerfulness; and slie was graciously supported by the consolations of true religion.

W. D.

tified to the good of her soul. She felt that she had not previously been sufficiently in earnest : she therefore humbled herself as in the dust before God, and cried mightily for the manifestation of pardoning mercy. She was heard in her prayer, and blessed with great consolation and peace. In the midst of much suffering she said, on one occasion, “I could not have thought it possible that I should be able so entirely to feel * labour is rest, and pain is sweet,' as I do now." She knew she was dying; but, to the end, she was kept in peace, and enabled to “rejoice in hope of the glory of God."

W. W.

Jan. 26th.-At Marston, in the Bedford Cir. cuit, aged twenty-three years, Rebecca, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Bennett. For the last five years she lived in the enjoyment of religion ; and, after a short illness, died in peace.

J. R.

Jan. 28th.–At Willenhan, in the Walsall Circuit, Mr. Hugh Lawrence, aged fifty-eight; having been connected with the Wesleyan society in this town between thirty and forty years. Possessing a meek and peaceable spirit, be diligently pursued the heavenly way. By a love for the sacred Scriptures, he became acquainted with the doctrines and principles of Christianity, and recommended the same to his fellow-crétures. For upwards of thirty years he acted as Leader and Local Preacher, zealous for the glory of God and the salvation of men. During his last affliction he expressed himselí repeatedly as having Christ for his rock and refuge. He died in the triumph of faith.

T. J.

Jan. 26th.-At Parr's-Wood, Didsbury, in the eighty-fifth year of her age, Lucy, relict of the late James Heald, Esq., of Brinnington and Disley, in the county of Chester. This venerable Christian was the last surviver of the early race of Wesleyan Methodists in Manchester and its neighbourhood. She was the daughter of one of whom Mr. Wesley, in the Obituary of Preachers for the year 1782, gives the following brief but high character :-“ John Norris, a lover and a witness of Christian perfection, who died as he lived, full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost." By the grace of God, the daughter proved herself worthy of such a father. For nearly seventy years she maintained an unblemished profession. Her conduct was uniformly marked by a kindly discretion, with which she sought to guide all her affairs; by an integrity which nothing could pervert ; and by a conscientious regard to whatever is right in the sight of God. She trained up a large family“ in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," and lived to see a considerable posterity of children's children, to whom she has bequeathed a memory which is indeed blessed. Her last illoess was more than usually severe; but she “ looked for the merey of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life," and was enabled to possess her soul in peace.

Worn out, at length, by age and sickness, she passed, with undisturbed serenity, into her heavenly rest.

J. H.

Jan. 29th.- At Coningsby, in the Spilsby Cir. cuit, aged eighty-three, Mr. H. Smith. He was converted to God after he was fifty years old. Thirty years ago be established a Sunday-school at the above place; and, for a long time, superintended it. He was the principal instrument in the erection of a chapel there, and of placing it in easy circumstances. He was also a Leader and Local Preacher several years, and was zealous and useful. On the day on which he died, he was very happy, and praised God much. Just before he expired, he exclaimed, “The messenger is come !" One said, “He is a wel. come messenger.” He answered, “Yes," and died.

J. J.

Feb. Ist.--At Sancton, in the Pocklington Circuit, aged eighty-three years, Mrs. Elizabeth Vause, aunt to the Rev. Messrs. Thomas, Samuel, and Robert Jackson, Wesleyan Ministers. She lived and died in the enjoyment of scriptural religion; having been a devoted member of the Wesleyan society more than half a century.

B. C.

Feb. Ist.-At Millbrook, in the Bedford Cir. cuit, aged forty-three years, Martha, the wife of Edward Beal. After many years of great bodily suffering and mental conflict, she was at last graciously enabled to declare, “I have not a shadow of a doubt of my going to glory."

J. R.

[blocks in formation]

Feb. 4th.--At Devonport, Mr. Joseph Gud. ridge, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. He was converted to God in early life, and for nearly fifty-seven years maintained his Chris. tinn profession with steadiness, evidencing the reality of his religion by an upright and un blamable deportment. For about forty years he was an acceptable Class-Leader; and occasionally filled, with advantage, other offices connected with the Methodist society and Sunday. school. He was eminent for diligence and punetuality in attending the means of grace; and his place in the sanctuary, unless he was detained from it by the illness, was never vacant. In the prospect of death, he was tranquil and happi

:

and he died in perfect peace, " rejoicing in hope the late Mr. Thomas Sizer. She had been a of the glory of God."

W. P. B. humble and consistent member of the Wesleyan

society for forty-five years; and, with her late Feb. 5th.-At Whilehouse, in the Alnwick husband, most kindly and hospitably entertained Circuit, Mrs. Alice Straughan, aged sixty-five. the Preachers, from the commencement of MeAbout twenty-two years ago she joined the Me thodist in the neighbourhood. During her thodist society. At that time she was without Christian course she often suffered from doubts saving faith in Christ; but, by a regular attend and fears; but, in her last aftliction, which was ance on the ministry of the word, and meeting long and painful, she was enabled, by faith in with the people of God, her mind became en the atonement of Jesus, to realize a full salvalightened, and her heart impressed with a sense tion. Her fears were removed ; and, while reof her lost condition as a sinner; and, while en taining all her feelings of self-abasement, she gaged in earnest prayer, she was enabled by faith “ rejoiced in hope of the glory of God." On the to cast her contrite spirit on the atonement, and night before her departure, her bodily sufferings received a sense of God's pardoning love. She were great; but, in holy rapture, she exclaimed, was regular in her attendance on all the ordi “ Glory be to God, my Saviour will soon come nances of God: prayer-meetings and class-meet and receive me to himself, that where he is I ings were means in which her soul delighted.

may be also ! "

J. B. W. Her Bible was her constant companion: she searched the Scriptures daily, and gave herself Feb. 7th.--At Declish, in the Dorchester Cirunto prayer. For the last four or five years of cuit, Mrs. Sarah Dunman, aged fifty-seven. her life she was confined to her house by afflic Her first serious impressions were received under tion: she was, however, specially supported by a sermon preached in the open air, about the the comforts of religion. As the time of her de year 1816. She soon after joined the Wesleyan parture drew nigh, she contemplated it with society, obtained peace with God, and from that com posure and delight. Death had lost its sting. period was an exemplary Christian, exerting her

J. C. self in various ways to promote the cause of

God. At the time of the introduction of MeFeb. 5th.–At Adare, in the Limerick Circuit, thodism into Dewlish and the neighbouring vilaged seventy-six, Mr. Henry Delmege. He was lages, she rendered valuable assistance; and her for sixty years a member of the Methodist soci. house continues to be the home of Wesleyan ety. In early life, under the preaching of a Ministers. ller death was sudden. Being seized Wesleyan Minister, he was led to rely on the with a fit of violent coughing, it is supposed she atonement of Christ, found peace with God, and ruptured a blood-vessel ; and was afterwards " went on his way rejoicing." He maintained unable to speak but very few words. Looking his Christian simplicity, consistency, and stead upwards, she said, “ Lord, Lord!" and evidently fastness, till he finished his course. For a long wished to add more, but could not. Within five period he sustained the office of Class-Leader, or six hours her spirit was removed from its clay and fulfilled its duties with much fidelity. He tabernacle, to be for ever with the Lord. Mrs. took great delight in spiritual conversation, and Dunman was the mother of Mrs. Palmer, wife of in reading, especially the holy Scriptures, with the Rev. S. Palmer, who has been for several which he was very familiar. His last sickness years a Missionary in South Africa. was short, but painful; yet in patience he pos

J. T. Sessed his soul, had unshaken confidence in God, and complete victory over death. J. F. M. Feb. 8th.-At Finedon, in the Wellingbo

rough Circuit, Samuel Abbott, having been a Feb. 6th.-At Low-Laith, in the Pateley

useful member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Bridge Circuit, aged seventy-four, Peter Wil society about thirty years; for twenty-one kinson. He and his wife were deeply convinced

of which he occupied the office of a Classof sin under the same sermon, in the year 1793.

Leader. Though in early life he was the subject He was a useful Class-Leader twenty-seven years.

of religious impressions, it was not until he was It was in his heart to promote the erection of a about thirty years of age that he was led to give chapel in the above village, to which he contri himself fully to God; but, having obtained the buted according to his ability, and laboured dili

blessing of pardon, he held fast the beginning of gently to collect money and materials from

his confidence steadfast unto the end. He was among his neighbours. Within the last six graciously supported in his affliction, and died in montbs he found his end rapidly approaching.

great peace.

W. W. Some of his last words were, “ Glory to God, for sovereign grace!"

J. B. Feb. th.-At Hope, in the Barnard-Castle

Circuit, Mr. Miles Alderson, aged seventy-one. Feb. 6th.-At Huddersfield, Fanny, the wife He had been a member of the Methodist society of John Brown, aged forty-nine. She had been a thirty-five years, and feared God above many. firm and devout member of the Wesleyan society He was distinguished by his heavenly-mindedfor many years. During her protracted and ness, his decision of character, and uniform prosevere affliction she manifested submission to priety of conduct, both in the church and in the the divine will; and received support and com world. For thirty-two years he was the Leader fort from a well-grounded hope in Christ Jesus. of a small class at Scargill ; discharging the imHer end was peace.

J. G. portant duties of that office affectionately and

faithfully. He was strongly attached to the Feb. 7th.-At Tendring, in the Manningtreo whole economy of Wesleyan Methodism. For Circuit, aged seventy, Mrs. Ann Sizer, widow of some time previous to his dissolution, his spirit

was evidently preparing for heaven; and, in Feb. 15th.–At Worcester, after a protracted dying, he left a bright testimony that he has illness, Mr. Thomas Barnsley, aged forty-one. departed to be for ever with the Lord.

He had been a worthy member of our society R. S. about twenty, and an acceptable and useful

Local Preacher about fourteen, years. He sufFeb. 10th.-In the Birmingham East Circuit, fered much from disease of the heart; but was Mrs. Carr, wife of Mr. R. Carr. She had been a graciously supported. His mind was kept in unisormly consistent member of the Wesleyan perfect peace ; and he quietly fell asleep in Jesus. society about twenty years, and for some time

H. P. the Leader of a class. Her piety was intelligent, deep, and exemplary; yet modest and retiring. Feb. 16th.--At Leftuich, in the Northwich Her last moments were distinguished by great Circuit, Esther Hopkins, eldest daughter of the peace, and holy confidence in God. She has left late Rev. Robert Hopkins, aged fifty-eight. She an extended record of the dealings of God with had been a steady member of the Methodist her during many of the years of her religious society for upwards of forty years. Her end was life ; selections from which, it is hoped, may be peace.

H. C. published for the benefit of survivers.

E. W. Feb. 16th.--At Hoxton, Mrs. Frances Robin

son, aged eighty-one. She had been for sixty. Feb. 11th.-At Beaufort, in the Merthyr four years a worthy member of the Methodist Tydvil Circuit, Elizabeth Thomas, sister of Ge. society, (having received her first quarterly. neral Power, of Jersey, and Colonel Power, of ticket of Mr. Wesley himself,) and for a great Colombo, aged sixty-seven. She was brought portion of that time a useful Class-Leader. She up in the gaieties of life; and was saved by grace was, for about thirty years, Mistress of the from the love and desire of such things. For West-street charity schools, established by Mr. more than forty years she was an uniform and Wesley. Her last illness was short. The night happy member of our society. She was enabled previous to her death she spoke of her hope in to attend the means of grace, in which her soul God, -that hope which had supported her in a delighted, until within a few days of her decease. long career, and by which she had been enabled Humility, resignation, and peace were united in to “ purify herself;" and was thus made“ meet her experience, even to the end. W. W. to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints

in light."

T. T. Feb. 12th.-At Tansley, in the Cromford Circuit, Mr. William Andrew, aged eighty-one; Feb. 18th.-At Hunslet, in the Leeds Fourth who had been a steady and useful member of the Circuit, after a protracted affliction, Rachel, the Wesleyan society in that neighbourhood for wife of Mr. Heaton, and mother of the Rev. sixty-two, and a Local Preacher for about fifty Joseph Heaton, of Stockton, aged sixty-six. She tive, years: a man of hunble pretensions as to had been a member of the Wesleyan society for talent, but of great zeal, and beloved by all. many years, and had experienced great pleasure He travelled far, with untiring ardour, to pro in entertaining the Ministers at her house from claim “ the Lamb of God, who taketh away the time to time. She died in peace; and her besins of the world;" and his piety, simplicity, reaved partner and family have the consolation and fervour made him acceptable to all. Hlis that she is now for ever at rest.

W. P. last days were attended with much suffering and depression; but the Lord sustained him; and he Feb. 18th.-At Willenhall, in the Walsall Cir. departed this life in peace.

J. S. cuit, aged sixty-eight, Mr. James Carpenter;

who some years ago joined the WesleyanFeb. 15th.--At Belper, in the forty-fifth year

Methodist society, and became seriously conof her age, Mary, the beloved wife of the Rev.

cerned for the salvation of his soul. By the asThomas Powell, Wesleyan Minister. As a Chris.

sistance of divine grace, he abandoned the pleatian, she was humble, fervent in spirit, and her sures of the world, chose the people of God for whole soul was interested in the work of God. his associates, and the Bible for his rule. He In visiting the poor and the sick she took great

was tried by a long affliction; but, while condelight, when the demands of an increasing fined to his sick chamber, the grace of God was family allowed her time to engage in the happy especially manifested. Toward the close of life, work. Her manner was open, generous, and

patience, humility, and resignation to the divine cheerful; and she seemed always at home when will were pleasing traits in his character. Often she could make others happy in her company.

did he observe that his faith and hope were in The Thursday before her death, being then Christ alone, and that the fear of death was apparently in perfect health, she took charge of taken away. His end was peace.

T. J. the class, in the absence of the Leader, and conducted it as a prayer meeting, in such a man Feb. 19th.--At Quorndon, in the Loughborough ner, that the members speak of it as one of the Circuit, aged seventeen, Mr. Charles Raven, the most delightful and profitable which they ever *son of Mr. Thomas Raven. He was soundly attended. Her affliction (inflammation, attended converted to God at fifteen years of age, and with spasms) was sudden, and soon terminated. manifested decision of character, and promise of Her last moments were calm and peaceful; and, usefulness. His Christian experience was clear, without a struggle or a groan, she breathed her and his attachment to the Ministers, the cause, sainted spirit into the hands of her heavenly and the house of God, fervent. Though he was Father.

T. P. liberal while in health, his dying act was the

gift of £5 to the Wesloyan Missions, saved out

of those trifling sums, which, in the absence felt the power of religion for about twenty years; of religion, would have been unprofitably spent. and now, when asked, a short time before her He was at the house of God about twelve hours departure, whether all were “ well,” she replied, before his death. In the midst of the valley, he " Yes." In such comfort did she die. exclaimed, “ He is with me, he is with me, he

W. S. supports me."

S. F.

Feb. 25th.--At Ballyvale, in the Carlow CirFeb. 22d.--At Bath, Miss Ellen Shum, fourth

cuit, Ireland, aged sixty-three, Mrs. Ann Keppel. daughter of Mr. J. M. Shum, aged seventeen, She was brought to a knowledge of God through in the faith and hope of the Gospel. Soon after the instrumentality of the Wesleyan Ministers; joining the church of Christ, about three years and for about eighteen years was a pious, conago, she was made truly happy by believing in sistent, and useful member of the Wesleyan Jesus ; since which time, humble and retiring,

society. She was devoted to the cause of Misthough possessed of a superior mind, she pur sions, and was one of the most efficient Colsued the noiseless tenor of her way, engaged as lectors in this Circuit. A severe attack of paraa Sunday-school Teacher, and Missionary Col lysis affected her speech : nevertheless, throughlector, until seized by sickness, under which she

out her aftliction she exhibited the influence of was divinely supported; and, at last, she peace. divine grace, often saying, “Rest not in the fully, yea, triumphantly, passed into her heavenly

form, but seek the power, of religion." She was rest.

G. T.

resigned to the will of God : soine of her last

words were, I am willing to leave friends and Feb. 23d. -At Holcombe, in the Shepton all; for I am going to the heavenly land." Mallet Circuit, Mr. William Flower, aged sixty

S. D. four years. He had been a consistent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist society for thirty Feb. 27th.-At Knaresborough, aged fifty-seven, eight years; and during twenty-four of these

Elizabeth, the beloved wife of the Rev. L. Barlow. he had filled with great fidelity and zeal the While yet a child she was the subject of deep office of a Class-Leader, and other offices of great

and painful conviction of her lost and sinful importance. The depth and fervour of his piety,

state; and sought and obtained the divine favour the uniform benevolence and generosity of his

in the days of her youth. As the mother of a disposition, his perfect freedom from censorious

numerous family, her attention and anxieties ness, and his active efforts to bring others to the were chiefly contined to its management. In all Saviour, will be long remembered by those who

her domestic arrangements she endeavoured to knew him. His last illness was very short. A combine the skill, and prudence, and proprieties little time before he expired, he said, with deep of a Christian parent. For the spiritual and emotion, “I shall praise Him;" thus expressing eternal well-being of her children, her maternal his joyous hope of soon joining in the songs of

and pious solicitude was deep and incessant ; the redeemed in heaven.

H. W. W.

many were her prayers and tears on their behalf.

After enduring for many years much bodily Feb. 23d.-At Midsomer-Norton, Mrs. Frances

weakness and affliction, her health had lately Boulton, aged seventy-four years. She joined become much improved, and indicated the prothe Wesleyan society in this place in 1798 ; and

mise of many days; but " in the midst of life we through life adorned the doctrine of God her

are in death." Her last affliction, as it was sudSaviour. Her departure was of the most tranquil den and unexpected, was also short and severe. character. Some of her last words were, “ All She was enabled to bear it with patience and is peace! All is peace!"

J. F.

fortitude. After using other expressions of pious,

confiding, and unshaken trust in God, her last Feb. 25th.-At Longford, the Rev. John Far

words were, " Glory, glory! Amen." rell, Wesleyan Minister, aged thirty-two. In

L. B. early life he was convinced of sin; and at the age of sixteen experienced redemption through March 1st.-Hannah Kella well, of Lockwood, the blood of Christ. His talents as a Preacher

in the Huddersfield Circuit, aged sixty-five. For were respectable, and he was blessed with success

forty years she was a member of the Wesleyan in his labour. He endured a painful and pro society, and adorned the Gospel of God her tracted affliction with patience and resignation. Saviour. When visited by one of her Ministers, He died in great peace, while in earnest prayer a few days before her death, (who took her the we commended his soul to God.

R. P.

ticket for the current quarter,) she stated that it

was the only time, during her long continuance Feb. 25th.–At Sinnington, in the Pickering as a member, that she had been absent from her Circuit, aged thirty-five, Jane, the youngest class on the day appointed for the renewal of tickdaughter of William and Ann Stables. She pos ets. She felt it a great privilege to meet her MinisEssed a good understanding, which was culti ters; and expressed her gratitude to Almighty vated by reading and observation, and a dispo God, that, through their instrumentality, she sition at once affectionate and conciliating; had found and retained that religion which was being a subject of divine grace, these endow her comfort in life, and her support on the verge ments appeared to considerable advantage, and of eternity. Her entire confidence was on the she was much esteemed. Her illness was of long Rock of Ages ; and she died in the Lord. duration ; but, being resigned to the will of God,

J. G. she manifested great composure. She was happily acquainted with that peace which keeps the March 31.-At Cambridge, Sarah, the beloved heart and mind through Christ Jesus. She had wife of Mr. Robert Porcher, aged forty-two.

She had been a consistent member of the Me. thodist society twenty-eight years, and a useful Class-Leader fifteen. Her disease was peculiarly distressing; but her submission to the will of God, and her patience under her sufferings, were exemplary. Her contidence in the atoning blood of Christ being strong, her mind was kept in peace. The last eight days of her life were greatly sanctified to her, When told that death was near, she said, “I am a poor sinner ; but Jesus died for me.'"

R. M.

her profession by an exemplary life. An affliction of somewhat more than three months' continuance closed her earthly career. She was perfectly resigned to the will of her heavenly Father, observing, “I feel no will of iny own: it is lost in the will of God. Infinite wisdom cannot err." She often said, “I think it a privilege to die and go to Jesus." The promises of God afforded her great consolation. She often expressed her feelings in passages from the Wesleyan Hynın-Book; and especially referred to the one beginning,

“How happy every child of grace,"

March 4th.–At Little-Coates, in the Grimsby Circuit, Holtby Jackson, in his eightieth year. He was for more than half a century a steady, and devout member of the Wesleyan society; and had been a useful Class-Leader about twentynine years.

He retired to rest in his usual health ; but early in the morning he was called away almost instantaneously. For some time previous to his death, it was manifest to his religious friends, that he was more spiritually minded, and that his enjoyment and happiness had become more constant and uniform. lle frequently repeated,

every word of which, she said, spoke her own experience. Her dying testimony was, “ Happy, happy, happy! Glory be to Jesus!"

M. B.

“Not a cloud doth arise,

To darken the skies,
Or hide for a moment the Lord from my eyes."

J. S.

March 19th.–At Barnard-Castle, Simeon Holroyd, a venerable patriarch, and relic of the olden times; well known in many of our northern Circuits. He had been nearly sixty-seven years an acceptable and useful Local Pracher, and seventy-five a steady and devoted member of the society; having received his note of adnis. sion from Mr. Richard Boardman, in 1769, a few months before that excellent man sailed to America. He was a great admirer of our venerable Founder; and the welfare of Methodism lay near his heart. His energies and mental vigour had long been impaired, in consequence of the advanced period to which his days were prolonged: he was nearly one hundred years old when he died. “ The memory of the just is blessed."

J. C.

March 5th.–At Dursley, Miss Roberts, who, in early life, experienced the drawings of the Father, and was induced to join the Wesleyan society. About six years ago she was stirred up to seek with great earnestness the blessings of pardon and peace; and having found what she sought, she went on her way rejoicing, adorning

CHRISTIAN OBSERVATIONS ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

we

THE observations occasionally too little and too seldom to religious make on public occurrences, are in- truth, to satisfy us. We are firmly per. tended, not for the gratification of those suaded that our Lord Jesus Christ, in who may have embraced a certain class

his

mediatorial sovereignty, is the of political opinions, but to constitute a “ Prince of the Kings of the earth; " portion of that instrumentality by which and that though his “ kingdom is not of we seek to promote the great object for this world,” yet, in the developement which the Wesleyan Magazine conti of the divine purposes, which must be nues to be published,—the spread of di- accomplished, inasmuch as “the Lord vine truth for the salvation of men. God Omnipotent reigneth,” “ the king. When we speak of the sayings or doings

doms of this world ” shall “ become the of public men, we give the judgments kingdoms of our God and of his Christ." we have formed by the application of We believe, therefore, that nations, in what we believe to be Christian truth, their corporate character, and acting by irrespectively of all party considerations. their supreme executive and legislative These do not affect us in the slightest authorities, owe allegiance to the “ King degree. We have little pleasure in con of kings, and Lord of lords ; " so that all templating the proceedings of worldly those public enactments and proceedings politicians of any class. They look too which possess a moral character, are much to a merely human expediency, required to be, avowedly as well as

« PreviousContinue »